Tonight, Delaware Governor hopeful and Congressman John Carney opened his Newark campaign office. He introduced Senator David Sokola as someone who “is at the forefront of public education.” He praised Sokola for his many years as the Chair of the Senate Education Committee. Carney went on to cite Sokola as an “expert”, and that education is the most important part of Delaware’s future.
John Carney, we need to have a very long and serious talk. I have a few thousand people I might bring with me. They are called Delaware teachers. Can I bring the parents who he disrespected during the opt out movement last year? I’ll bring them too. They number in the hundreds. I really hope you are listening to more than Governor Markell, the Dept. of Education, the State Board of Education, the Rodel Foundation, and the Delaware Charter Schools Network. This is a big-time serious snafu on your end. I know, you have to make nicey-nice on the campaign trail at these events. But I guarantee you if certain people were there tonight they would have turned around and walked right back out.
Let me educate you on Senator David Sokola. He is at the forefront of Newark Charter School and every single bad education legislation he has oozed out in the past 25 years. Go to the search bar on this blog, to the right, and put in “Sokola”. Start reading. It would take me all night to give you a full education. Many people have been telling me to give you the benefit of the doubt. And I’m trying. I really am. But when you come out with public statements like this, I worry. A lot. It signals to me that you have been in D.C. and have a serious disconnect with what is really happening on the ground in Delaware. Or, you are very much aware of what is going on with Delaware education and you don’t have much intention of changing it. This, on top of the very troubling rumor I heard last week, horrifies me. And many others as well. A lot of voters. Hint, hint…
Sokola is worried about his election. Very worried. But the vast majority of the people in this state feel that 25 years of David Sokola is enough. Many are stating they will vote Republican for the first time if it means getting rid of very bad education legislation with his name behind it. Backing David Sokola is political dynamite in this state. This is a guy who blasted the Senate on June 30th for not backing his University of Delaware FOIA bill (how ironic that is where his opponent works), but fails to provide minutes of his own education committee meetings. This is the same guy who is put on every education task force and committee under the sun and fails to show up to 3/4 of the meetings. But he shows up to all of the backdoor meetings. That I can promise you.
Seriously John, and I’m being very real here. I talked to Cerron, your campaign manager, last week. Please fill out the survey I gave you. All the other candidates are doing it. Cerron has my phone number. You need to hear the truth.